Education, Choice & Involvement Lead

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Weymouth or Gillingham (with travel across Dorset)
£24,500 - £27,500 per annum FTE depending on experience
11 Jun 2021
28 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

Education, Choice & Involvement Lead
Reference number: 41.21g
Location: Weymouth or Gillingham (with travel across Dorset)
Hours: Part time, 17.5 hours per week
Salary: £24,500 - £27,500 per annum FTE depending on experience
Contract: Fixed Term Contract (12 Months)

We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic practitioner to join the REACH Drug and Alcohol Service, Criminal and Health Justice Project. REACH has been granted this exciting opportunity to utilise government funding to enhance the current specialist criminal justice offer and create new roles dedicated to intensifying treatment for those at highest risk of not completing their treatment goals. In addition to reducing the impact of offending behaviour, these roles will be key in reducing drug and alcohol related deaths.

The role of the Education, Choice and Involvement Lead is to engage with our service users, particularly those who are underrepresented or disenfranchised from standard services, empowering them to contribute to, and participate in, treatment that works for them. You’ll gather intelligence to highlight trends and identify gaps within the treatment system in order to inform, introduce, and test low threshold services that are accessible, effective and what the people who inject drugs would choose to use. You’ll seek to challenge and overcome the barriers which hinder engagement with relevant services.

This role will provide support at all stages of the treatment journey: from swift engagement and induction interventions for new to treatment service users, right through to support for individuals in both abstinence based and medically assisted recovery treatment stages. You’ll work with colleagues and partner agencies to ensure all aspects of treatment are effectively planned, integrated and coordinated, and will work flexibly to support people with diverse needs and aspirations, using a range of tools, techniques and recovery activities.

The post of Education, Choice and Involvement Lead will also include the delivery of regular, assertive, co-ordinated and targeted outreach work. This will require a flexible approach to working hours, including some evenings and weekends.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for an Education, Choice and Involvement Lead with experience working alongside those with complex needs. You’ll have good understanding of co-production and community development, and experience involving, consulting and co-producing enterprising activities with service users. Experience working with peer mentors/volunteers would be beneficial, and lived experience of substance misuse and navigating services would also benefit the post holder.

You’ll have good knowledge of drug use and recovery, including awareness of the stigma and challenges faced when accessing mainstream health services, and will be able to think innovatively to pilot new ideas and find ways to overcome these challenges. You’ll be committed to continuous improvement and able to develop and test new ways of working, encouraging challenge and experimentation. A strong communicator, you’ll work well in partnership with a range of people and organisations to leverage appropriate resources that support positive treatment outcomes.

Most importantly, you’ll be committed to keeping our service users and their families and communities at the heart of everything you do. You’ll be ambitious for the aspirations of individuals using our services, and enthusiastic about working in partnership with them.

About EDP

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services is a thriving charity providing services across Dorset and Devon, in the community and within prisons. We offer a number of dynamic and innovative initiatives which work alongside people to improve their wellbeing, social connections and employability. We’re passionate about supporting individuals who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviour, to improve their lives. The fundamental belief underpinning our work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes.

What we can offer

EDP can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 30 with length of service)
  • Enhanced employer pension contribution
  • Life assurance benefit scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to Work Scheme, Headspace App and Eye Care Vouchers
  • Training and development opportunities

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 28th June 2021.
Please ensure that you quote reference number 41.21g when applying.

If you would like to apply for this position, please click the apply button and attach your CV and covering letter, it will be sent automatically to us.

EDP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed.

No agencies please.

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